noun, plural: inflammations
(medicine) The end result of the different bodily processes, in response to an injurious agent.
Inflammation may be acute or chronic. It is a result of a cascade of physiologic processes in response to an injurious agent such as microbes, allergens, etc.
Cardinal signs of inflammation include the following:
Word origin: Latin inflammatio, inflammare, (to set on fire)
Related form(s): inflame (verb), inflammatory (adjective)